Milwakee Brewers outfielder and 2011 N.L. Most Valuable Player Ryan Braun has won his appeal and will NOT serve a 50 game suspension. A panel of arbitrators voted 2-1 to overturn MLB’s suspension of Braun which resulted from a failed drug test. A statement issued by the league stated “MLB vehemently disagrees” with the ruling.
The story has been in the news since word of Braun’s failed drug test was leaked to the media late last year. If the leak had not occurred, this would be a non-story, but Braun’s appeal has instead been one of the hottest topics in baseball this off-season. Today’s news is huge for the Brewers. Having Braun in the lineup makes Milwaukee an instant contender in the N.L. Central.
MLB Network has reported that Braun’s defense was based on the improper handling of his sample. Braun will undoubtedly be asked plenty of questions tomorrow when he reports to Brewers camp in Maryvale Arizona. Braun issued a statement today and continues to claim his innocence.